Foley & Lardner celebrated its foray into the Mexican legal market through its merger with Gardere Wynne Sewell, which became official in Mexico City.

The firm, which operates in Mexico as Foley Gardere Arena, will strengthen its areas of legal practice in the health sectors and the automotive and manufacturing industries, as well as in commercial litigation and energy, among others.

The Chairman of the Board of Directors of Foley & Lardner, Jay O. Rothman, thanked the firm’s clients for the relationships of trust generated over the years and emphasized the focus of the firm on excellence, creativity and integrity.

“Today we have more to offer our clients, as well as to the industry of our country and foreign investors interested in investing here,” said Roberto Arena, Managing Partner of the firm in Mexico, which will now have more than one thousand 100 lawyers and 25 offices throughout the United States, as well as in Brussels and Tokyo.

Arena explained that the merger will unite the experience of Foley & Lardner in various areas of the industry, with Gardere’s in-depth knowledge of the Mexican and Latin American legal market, where he has been working since 1992.

The event was celebrated along with partners from Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami, Dallas, and Houston as well as  representatives of Latin American firms from Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Peru, Colombia, Venezuela and Guatemala, and the book “The Collection of Juan García Ponce” was presented, an editorial project sponsored by Foley Gardere Arena, with visual works that by the Mexican author.

The integrated law firm will operate as Foley Gardere in Austin, Dallas, Denver and Houston and Foley Gardere Arena in Mexico. All other offices will operate as Foley & Lardner LLP. With joint revenues of $830 million, the firm is among the 50 largest law firms recognized in the United States according to American Lawyer.